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Do you want to travel to the US? Have a look at our updated information

The most popular section on our information site is our “travelling to the US” one, and our helpline receives many enquiries from people with a criminal record looking to travel to the US.

In 2015 over 4.9 million people visited the US from the UK. A significant number of these will have some form of criminal record. Many will have successfully applied for a visa whilst others will have been able to travel under the Visa Waiver Program because they didn’t need to disclose it. Some will have decided to take the risk and not disclose.

So we’ve spent quite a bit of time re-looking at the details we have on our information site on this, to make sure that we’re doing our best to clearly set out the situation and help people find answers to the questions they’ve got.

What have we done? We’ve updated our existing information with a new information page specifically for travelling to the US, and we’ve then created four separate (but linked) pages which will hopefully make it easier to find what you’re looking for:

  1. Do I need a visa?
  2. Travelling without a visa
  3. Applying for a visa
  4. Will I get a visa?

For more information

  1. For practical self-help information – More information is available on our travelling to the US section
  2. Questions – If you have any questions about this you can contact our helpline.


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Debbie Sadler
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